Hindu Festivities

Hindu festival calendar is a comprehensive guide to all the religious festivals that is celebrated by the Hindus all over the world.

The Hindus all over the world observe their religious observances based on the traditional Hindu calendar which is a solar based calendar.

Though for the Hindu observances, the traditional Hindu calendar is followed, yet for official purposes and for keeping up with the world, the Gregorian calendar is followed all over by the Hindus.  The Hindu festival dates keep changing as per the dates and the positioning of the stars in the Hindu almanac.

There is always a tremendous urge to know the dates of all the Hindu observances as per the Gregorian calendar. So, as per the Gregorian calendar we at 123NY.com will be listing the comprehensive dates of the Hindu observances for your kind perusal.

Just to make the modern readers aware of the traditions of each of the festivals, we have also included a brief description about the festivals. Let us then have a look at the same –

Name of the FestivalDate of the FestivalDescription 
Makar Sankranti, Uttarayana Sankranti, Pongal, Maghi, Lohri, Bhogali Bihu.14-01-2018- SundayThis is one of the most auspicious days for the Hindus. This day is celebrated when the Spring season sets in as per the beliefs of the Hindus traditionally. Apart from this in numerous parts of the country, the Makar Sankranti day is also celebrated as the Harvest festival. this is celebrated in Assam, West Bengal, certain parts of southern India etc.
Mauni Amavas16.01.2018, TuesdayThis is a day which is observed keeping a check on what one utters and is believed to bring the devotee spiritual gains if it is observed piously.
Vasant Panchami22-01-2018 - MondayThis is the auspicious day of worshipping Goddess Saraswati , who is the Goddess of learning, for knowledge and enlightenment.
Ratha Saptami24-01-2018 - Wednesday
Bhishma Ashtami25-01-2018 - ThursdayThe epic Mahabharata has a central character called Bhishma, revered for his integrity honesty and truthfulness. On this auspicious day people pray to Lord Vishnu to grant them sons like the Great Bhishma.
Magha Purnima, Chandra Grahan *Purna31.01.2018-WednesdayMagha Purnima is an important day in Hindu calendar. Religious texts describe the glory of holy bath and austerity observed during Magha month. It is believed that every single day in month of Magha is special for doing charity work. Magha Purnima, which is popularly known as Maghi Purnima, is the last and most important day of Magha Mahina. People perform certain rituals like holy bath, offering alms, donating cow and Homa at Prayag, the confluence point of the river Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, on Maghi Purnima.
Kumbha Sankranti12-02-2018 - MondayAs per the traditional Hindu calendar, this is the first day and is considered to be extremely auspicious and is thus observed.
Maha ShivaRatri13-02-2018 TuesdayPeople pray to Lord Shiva on this day with devotion for not only to gain moksha or salvation and redemption from sins; but younger girls also pray to get husbands like him.
Surya Grahan15-02-2018 Thursday
Chhoti Holi, Holika Dahan, Phalguna Purnima1-03-2018 - ThursdayThis is also known as Chhoti Holi. As per Hindu mythological belief on this is the day the Demon Holika was killed on a pyre. People burn effigies of Holika to symbolize the victory of virtue over vice.
Holi02-03-2018 - FridayA colorful festival where people play with gulal or colors to enjoy the advent of the Spring Season.
Gauri Puja/Gangaur20-03-2018 - TuesdayPeople worship the Gods and Goddesses on this day to seek happiness in their marital life.
Rama Navami25-03-2018 - SundayThis auspicious day marks the birth anniversary of Lord Ram, who is considered to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Chaitra Navratri, Gudi Padwa, Ugadi28-03-2018 - TuesdayThe traditional New Year day for the states of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
Hanuman Jayanti, Chaitra Purnima31.03.2018 SaturdayThis auspicious day is the birth anniversary celebration of Hanuman, who had aided Rama to save Sita.
Solar New Year - Baisakh/ Bohag Bihu/ Vishu/ Pahela Baisakh (Nabo Barsho)/ Navreh.14-04-2018 - SaturdayTraditional New Year is observed in various States such as Punjab, Assam, Kerala, Bengal and Kashmir.
Parashuram Jayanti,Akshaya Tritiya/ Akha Teej18/04/18 WednesdayThis is the auspicious birth anniversary of Parashuram, who is considered to be the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.This is perhaps one of the most auspicious days as per the Hindu calendar. It is believed that worshipping Lord Vishnu and Kuber on this day endows one with virtues that can never be destroyed along with immense wealth
Buddha Purnima29-04-2018 - SundayThis is the day that marks the auspicious Birth, the Enlightenment and the Nirvana of Lord Buddha.
Vat Savitri Vrat15-05-2018- TuesdayThis is an observance generally Performed by married women who pray for the wellbeing of their husband.
Shani Jayanti15-05-2018- TuesdayThe auspicious Birth anniversary of Lord Shani.
Ganga Dussehra24-05-2018- ThursdayOn this day People worship the heaven born river Ganga.
Nirjala Ekadashi23-06-2018 - SaturdayDevotees Go without food and also water on this day to help them attain nirvana
Vat Purnima Vrat27-06-2018 - WednesdayOn this day all Married women pray for the long life of their husband.
Jagannath Rathyatra14-07-2018 - SaturdayOn this day is the annual ratha yatra or the chariot festival is held in observance of worshipping Lord Jagannath, Lord Balaram and Goddess Subhadra.
Dev Shayani Ekadashi or Hari Shayani Ekadashi or Padma Ekadasi23-07-2018 - MondayFrom this auspicious day begins the four monthly period of Chatur-Masa of the Jains
Guru Purnima27-07-2018 - FridayThe day when the disciples pay homage to their revered teacher or Guru.
Hariyali Teej13-08-2018 - MondayThis is auspicious day when women pray for their happiness in marriage in many parts of India
Nag Panchami15-08-2018- WednesdayOn this day, devotees worship Snakes seeking good fortune.
Varalakshmi Vrat24-08-2018 - FridayOn this auspicious day Married women pray seeking the wellbeing of family, especially their children.
Raksha Bandhan26-08-2018 - SundayA day that famously celebrates the bond of love between brothers and sisters, made immortal by Yama and Yamuna
Kajari/ Kajli Teej29-08-2018 - WednesdayOn this auspicious day devout married women fast the whole day, seeking the long life and overall wellbeing of husband.
Janmashtami02-09-2018 - SundayThis is the auspicious birth anniversary of Lord sri Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Janmashtami-ISKCON03-09-2018 - MondayThis is the auspicious birth anniversary of Lord sri Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Hartalika Teej12-09-2018- WednesdayThis is the auspicious day when women worship to have a happy and fulfilling marriage.
Ganesh Chaturthi13-09-2018- ThursdayThe auspicious day celebrates the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha and is also observed for new beginnings.
Rishi Panchami13-09-2018- ThursdayThis auspicious day pays homage to all the divine saints who have guided the devotees like a star.
Radha Ashtami17-09-2018- MondayThis auspicious day is when Radha, Lord Krishna's Divine Consort, was born.
Parsva Ekadashi or Vamana Ekadasi, Onam20-09-2018 ThursdayThis is the auspicious day when it is believed that Lord Vishnu appeared in his Vamana incarnation.
Ganesh Visarjan , Anant Chaturdashi23-09-2018-SundayThis is the last day of the Ganesh puja. On this blessed day Anant Dev is worshipped to seek wealth and glory
Sarva-Pitru Amavasya/ Mahalaya Amavasya08-10-2018 MondayPeople pray to pay homage to their departed ancestors and this marks the end of pitri paksha
Sharad Navratri or Maha Navaratri begins09-10-2018 TuesdayThis marks the auspicious beginning of the nine days of worshipping and revering the Goddess Durga in her various forms.
Dussehra18-10-2018 ThursdayAccording to mythology this is the day when the demon king Ravana who kidnapped Devi Sita was defeated by Lord Ram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. People celebrate this day to celebrate the victory of good over evil
Papankusha Ekadashi20-10-2018- SaturdayPeople on this day, worship Lord Vishnu and seek his forgiveness from all their sins ever committed.
Sharad Purnima or Kojagari Poornima.23-10-2018 TuesdayAn auspicious day when Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped for seeking peace and prosperity in the household.
Karwa Chauth27-10-2018 SaturdayA day long Fasting of even water is observed by married women for the life and wellbeing of their husband.
Ahoi Ashtami31-10-2018 WednesdayOn this day Mothers fast for the wellbeing of their son/ sons.
Rama Ekadashi03-11-2018 - SaturdayIt is believed by people that observing rituals on this day will help them to attain salvation.
Dhan Teras/ Dhana Trayodashi05-11-2018 MondayOn this widely observed auspicious day, People seek round the year wealth and prosperity by worshipping Goddess Lakshmi and/or Lord Kubera. It is also a custom to buy any precious metal or ornaments.
Narak Chaturdashi/ Kali Chaudus/ Chhoti Deewali06-11-2018 TuesdayThis is the auspicious day when the Goddess Kali is worshipped for strength.
Diwali or Deepavali07-11-2018 WednesdayThis is the festival of lights when people worship to erase all darkness from one's life. It is also believed Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya on this day.
Gowardhan Puja/ Annakut08-11-2018 ThursdayOn this auspicious day People worship Lord Krishna seeking his protection.
Bhaiya Duj/ Bhai dooj/ Bhatri Dwitiya/ Bhau Bij/ Bhai Tika/ Bhai Phota09-11-2018 FridayOn this beautiful day, Sisters pray for the happiness well being and long life of brother/ brothers.
Chhath Puja or Surya Shashti13-11-2018 TuesdayOn this day People worship the Sun God in the river.
Prabodhini Ekadasi or Devutthana Ekadashi19-11-2018 MondayOn this day The four months of the Chatur-Masa ends.
Gita Jayanti18-12-2018 TuesdayIt is believed that this is the day when the holy Bhagavad Gita is believed to have been born.
Mokshada Ekadashi18-12-2018 TuesdayPeople on this day keep Praying to bring them salvation.
Dattatreya Jayanti,22-12-2018 SaturdayThis is the auspicious birthday of God Dattatreya, who is an amalgamation of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara (Shiva).
Margashirsha Purnima22-12-2018 SaturdayOn this auspicious day unmarried girls bathe in river Yamuna and pray so that they get a groom as they wish